Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 21:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's a long read - but totally and utterly worth it. After interviewing ten former and current Nokia employees, and combining their insider information with publicly available information, Sampsa Kurri has written a long and detailed article about the history of Maemo and MeeGo within Nokia, and everything that went wrong - which is a lot. It's sad tale, one that reads almost like a manual on how to not run a large company. Still, between the bad decisions and frustrations, there's a red thread of hope that leads to Jolla.
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everybody's fault
by enx23 on Sat 13th Oct 2012 07:42 UTC
enx23
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2008-12-17

Certainly, Nokia's management shares the largest part in today's situation of Nokia _but_ they are not alone. Engineers at Nokia have their share of fault too!

From what I know directly from ex-Nokia engineers from Finland is that there many times was no negative feedback (i.e. somebody to say this will not fly) and therefore the higher management were removed from reality because nobody told them that this and that is/will not work(ing). Many engineers were silent especially during the meetings even though outside of work they had strong opinions ( for example nobody had the courage to give negative feedback about Symbian even one could see that in the same time iPhone were selling like hotcakes; indeed Elop did this later but he was too extreme in the way how he did it). This was a feature of Nokia in at least in Finland which bewildered me.

P.S. I have never worked and I am not working at Nokia, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Siemens, Erricson, Sony, LG.

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RE: everybody's fault
by quackalist on Sat 13th Oct 2012 17:46 in reply to "everybody's fault"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Surely a culture of engineers not giving negative feedback has to be laid at management in the end. Sadly, too common in many organisations, public and private.

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RE[2]: everybody's fault
by jared_wilkes on Sat 13th Oct 2012 18:26 in reply to "RE: everybody's fault"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Why? Many engineers love to carve out personal fiefdoms, championing their own tech at the cost of others, portraying their work as the best. Many engineers knowingly exploit and thrive under bad management and fear good management.

Edited 2012-10-13 18:27 UTC

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